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  • 2013 - looking back

    By Molly Haines and John Whitlock/News-Herald Staff

    As we look back at the year 2013, its clear that many elements of life in Owen County will always stay the same. At the same time, the community is always looking for ways to improve itself while honoring and preserving its history.
    At the beginning of 2014, we take a moment to look back and remember where we have been.

  • IN HOT WATER: South Owen Fire Department

    After allegedly missing fire runs for months and falsifying reports to the state fire commission, the South Owen Fire Department may be no more.
    Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said the trouble with the department began approximately a year ago.
    “They just quit answering fire runs,” Keith said. “When that began, the Owen County (Volunteer Fire) Department began responding to that area, along with the Corinth Volunteer Fire Department for backup.”

  • Mobile home fire claims lives of two children

    Two children, a 2 year old and a 4 year old, died in a mobile home fire at 900 Gaines Village Dr., lot 7, this morning.
    According to Owenton Assistant Fire Chief/Public Information Officer Jude Canchola, the department was dispatched to the scene at 9:44 a.m. and was on scene at 9:47 a.m.
    Upon arrival, firefighters encountered heavy smoke from the mobile home, with 50 percent involvement.
    At that time, Owen County Emergency Medical Services reported that two children were trapped inside the front area of the structure.

  • Tensions rise around alcohol ordinance debate

    In a discussion that at times turned tense, the Owenton City Council once again considered potential changes to the city’s alcohol ordinance.
    At its December meeting, community member Jason Wainscott approached the council asking for consideration to amend the city’s alcohol ordinance to include new Kentucky legislation that would allow businesses seating at least 50 people to sell alcohol with the purchase of a meal as long as 70 percent of their gross sales comes from food. Wainscott also requested the council consider legalizing Sunday sales.

  • Traffic stop leads to heroin arrest

    A traffic stop led to heroin-related arrests for Owenton Police Jan. 2.
    Owenton Police Officer Steve Miller stopped a vehicle driven by Ethan Bradford, 24, of Grant County, in the Family Dollar parking lot on Main Street. According to Miller, Bradford was arrested for operating on a suspended operator’s license, expired registration plates, and no insurance.

  • Food available to OCHS and MBMS students

    The Youth Services Center, in partnership with the Free Store Food Bank School Pantry, is offering a new service.
    The School Pantry was developed to provide nutritious, healthy food to children and their families for preparation and consumption at their place of residence.

  • Mayor outlines plans for 2017

    Owenton Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier says much of 2017 is contingent upon Itron and explained what may be in store for the next year.
    “I’m anxious to see what Itron is going to be doing,” Wotier said. “We have not scheduled a meeting yet, but they said they needed three months; which is January. I am not fearful that we won’t get a factory, my concern is getting one that is up to par with Itron, with the capacity for 450 employees. Maybe not exactly 450, but I want a high number of employees.”

  • Visiting outdoorsman repulsed by litter at local boat ramp

    You could say Spencer County resident Bill Mitchell loves the outdoors, but that may be an understatement.
    The retired Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Public Lands Manager now spends some of his time waterfowl hunting. That hobby recently led Mitchell to Big Twin Creek, where he said an unsightly amount of litter nearly ruined his day.
    Mitchell was set to launch his boat at the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife boat ramp on Kentucky 355 at Big Twin Creek.

  • Local educators will see decrease in paycheck

    Financial strife for Owen County Schools continued at the December board of education meeting, as new legislation passed will cause employees to see a slight decrease in their paycheck.

  • City of Gratz wet-dry vote set for Tuesday

    N-H Staff report
    Voters in the City of Gratz are expected to head to the polls Tuesday, Jan. 10, to vote on the question, “Are you in favor of the sale of alcoholic beverages in the City of Gratz?”
    The voting will take place at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, located at 5825 Gratz Rd. Only those who are registered voters in the City of Gratz will be allowed to vote. The polls will be open from 6 a.m.-6 p.m.
    The City of Gratz is home to approximately 70 registered voters, according to the Owen County Clerk’s Office.